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    told me about

    Are these sentences possible? They sound somehow wrong to me but I'm not quite sure. Meaning: Somebody told me something about the man yesterday.

    Is this the man you told me of yesterday?
    Is this the man you told me about yesterday?

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    Re: told me about

    The second sentence is natural in any context. The first might work in certain contexts but about​ is much more likely.
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    Re: told me about

    So, they can't be misinterpreted as "Today, you told me something about what the man did yesterday"?

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    Re: told me about

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Are these sentences possible? They sound somehow wrong to me but I'm not quite sure. Meaning: Somebody told me something about the man yesterday.

    Is this the man you told me of yesterday?
    Is this the man you told me about yesterday?
    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    So, they can't be misinterpreted as "Today, you told me something about what the man did yesterday"?
    No. They don't say anything about the man doing anything at any time.
    I am not a teacher.

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